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Columns

  • Best wishes for a joyous Christmas

    Everywhere you look it is clear that Christmas is here. Christmas carols play on the radio, store windows are filled with elaborate displays, parades make their way down the street, and children line up to meet Santa Claus.

     

  • Bipartisan budget agreement

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    I am pleased to report that last week, for the first time in five years, Congress agreed upon a federal budget.  The House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 by a vote count of 332-94.

     

  • Railroaded

  • Boehner fights back at ‘tea party’

        Just before the House of Representatives left for the holiday season, Speaker John Boehner engineered a bipartisan budget deal that was passed 332 to 94. Astounding, but true.
        The bill, not thought of as perfect by either side, was easily the most impressive act of the largest chamber of the Congress during a time when most people see it as a desperate failure.

  • My Christmas Story

    By Frank E. Landrey
    Forest

        What does December mean to you?
        December is a month of tremendous depression, tears and sadness. While being a month of multiple parties and loud music, the number of family fights in December tops all other months of the year.

  • Focusing on a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda

    Throughout the first session of the 113th Congress, the House of Representatives has continued to pursue an agenda designed to create jobs, end economic uncertainty, and make America more competitive in the global economy.

  • Mission accomplished

        The day after the Nov. 30 deadline for fixing HealthCare.gov passed, President Barack Obama held a press conference to proclaim victory. The day after that, a Wall Street Journal editorial noted that one thing was missing — a “Mission Accomplished” banner in the background.

  • Poor Sarah Palin; she just can’t help it!

    If there are two things in our nation that deserve each other, it’s gotta be Sarah Palin and Liberty University.
        Apparently, LU doesn’t hold great intellectual standards for the people it invites to speak. Thus, Sarah Palin will always be welcome.
        Ms. Palin (no, wait a minute; that’s Mrs. Palin. “Ms.” would be too feminist, wouldn’t it?) spoke recently at the school’s final “fall convocation.”

  • Faithfully executing the laws

    For more than 200 years, the U.S. Constitution has served as the law of the land and the framework on which we have built our nation. The principles enshrined in this document by our Founding Fathers protect Americans’ liberties by creating a limited government that is divided into three separate branches, with each branch having defined functions delegated to it by the Constitution. This “separation of powers” was designed so that no one branch acquires too much power.

  • House passes Robert Hurt's legislation to help small businesses

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    With unemployment remaining unacceptably high across the Fifth District, Congress must focus on passing legislation that will spur job creation for Americans. Fifth District Virginians know that the federal government’s role is to promote policies that create opportunities and increase access to capital for our entrepreneurs and small businesses to hire and expand.